At the turn of the year, I would like to give you an update on what ASPC is currently working on, and what we have accomplished over the last few months. It is an exceptionally exciting time to be a member of ASPC, and I am very proud to be your president.
The ASPC Town Hall PCSK9i initiative
Our Town Hall at the ASPC Congress was reported on in Cardiology Today, and was its most widely read article in the September issue. We had a very successful second Town Hall at the AHA Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. The symposium had standing room only and ASPC was fortunate to have the Louisiana State Speaker of the House address the group about the need for improved access to these important therapies. Articles in the New York Times, Bloomberg, and Reuters were spun out of these Town Halls, and yes, ASPC was mentioned in these important media outlets. Currently, the stakeholder group representatives are writing a paper presenting the findings and recommendations derived from the Town Hall series. Several excellent journals are interested in publishing this paper. More to come on the paper.
As a consequence of our success with the Town Hall series, we have been approached by several other industry partners to work on new and meaningful projects that will further reinforce ASPC’s position as an interdisciplinary group that can bring other groups together for a common goal.
We have started several committees over the past few months. The Membership committee, chaired by Dr. Weintraub, is off to a great start and met via teleconference every other month to discuss recruitment and retention strategies as well as member benefits and value. The Communications committee, chaired by Dr. Gulati, is getting geared up for the new year and will be instrumental with the e-newsletter, social media, and starting a printed newsletter to be sent twice a year. If you would like to join either of these committees, please let me know and we will make it happen. We are also engaging an Education committee. This committee will be responsible for creating new opportunities for educational offerings not related to the annual Congress. We are considering the idea of a webinar series, a journal club, or both. Your participation in this committee would be invaluable.
We have started planning for the 2017 Annual Congress on CVD Prevention. The meeting will take place in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in September. We have already created an agenda of lectures and faculty. Dr. Toth has created a new and improved Experts Course, and I believe this Congress will be the best one yet. Look for a save the date email coming soon!
2017 will be a great year with tremendous growth and development of ASPC. As a board member, please promote and encourage your colleagues and fellows to join and become involved in our burgeoning society.